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September 23, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Blue Devils Athletic Fundraiser
Merced College
3600 M Street Merced, CA 95348

Join us for our first Merced College Athletics Fundraiser event.

5:30 p.m. – Social Hour
6:30 p.m. – Dinner
8:15 p.m. – Live Band, Silent Auction, Music

COST: $100.00
Support Merced College Athletic program!

September 26 at noon to 4 p.m.
3rd Annual Transportation & Logistics
Castle Commerce Center

We are 20 days away from the BIGGEST trucking and logistics job fair in the Central Valley! 60 employers ready to meet you. $100k in training scholarships for you to get the skills needed to be hired. Did you know the average pay for a truck driver in Merced county is over $68k a year. Many of our local employers have you home every night as well.

We look forward to seeing you at Castle Commerce Center on September 26th between noon and 4 p.m. #CTE #Acte #trucking California CTE Worknet Merced County

For information contact: (209) 724-2046 or mario.pena@mercedcounty.com

September 27, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Safety Conference
UC Merced Conference Center
5200 N Lake Rd, Merced, CA

It is our pleasure to invite you to UC Merced’s first Safety Conference on September 27, 2023, in Merced, CA. The goal of the Safety Conference is to help build a culture of preparedness, learn best practices from the field’s most respected speakers, hear lessons learned from real-world events, and improve job proficiency through critical information sharing with other campus administrators and public safety professionals.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jill McCluskey, Lauren McCluskey Foundation
Breakout Session Speakers:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigations
  • US. Secret Service – National Threat Assessment Center
  • UC Merced Police
  • UC Office of the President Systemwide Emergency Management & Business Continuity
  • CSU Chancellor’s Office Systemwide Emergency Management & Business Continuity
  • Stanford University Emergency Management
  • UC Berkeley Police, Retired Chief of Police
  • California Highway Patrol https://emergency.ucmerced.edu/safety-conference

September 29, 2023
Veteran Memorial Brick Program

The Veterans Memorial Brick Program provides a special opportunity to show support for our nation’s Veterans, whole leaving a personal and permanent memorial honoring families, organizations, friends and individuals.

The cost for each brick is $50 and the deadline to order is Friday, September 29, 2023.

If you are interested in ordering a memorial brick you can pick up an application from City Hall at 750 Bellevue Road, or the City Administration building at 1160 Fifth Street.

For more information, please reach out to Joan Faul at 209-769-8250, jfaul@atwater.org

Saturday, September 30, 2023 7:30 p.m. Mary Stuart Rogers Theater  The Gallo Center for the Arts Modesto, CA Gallo Center for the Arts (galloarts.org) JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis, is made up of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers in jazz music today. The mission of JLCO is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for jazz through performance, education, and advocacy. They believe jazz is a metaphor for Democracy. Because jazz is improvisational, it celebrates personal freedom and encourages individual expression. Because jazz is swinging, it dedicates that freedom to finding and maintaining common ground with others. Because jazz is rooted in the blues, it inspires us all to face adversity with persistent optimism.

Sunday, October 1, 2023
75th Church Anniversary Little Zion Baptist church
667 Juanita Street
Mendota, CA

Little Zion Baptist church of Mendota, CA, is celebrating its 75th church anniversary on Sunday, October 1, 2023. Come join the fun.

There will be a free potluck dinner after the service. It’s free! and the public is invited.

Rev. Dr. Eric N. Haley is the pastor.
email: cirejesus@yahoo.com or call 559-655-4232.

Thank you.

Friday, October 6, 2023 at 4:30 p.m.
Kathy Wong Guest Speaker
University of California
5200 Lake Road Conference Center, Room 110
Merced, CA 95343

On Friday, October 6, 2023, Kathy Wong, the Director of Business Development, Fine Arts at Bonham, based in Los Angeles, is our key speaker at the Coats Speaker Series on Careers in the Arts & Media. Her talk will occur at the Conference Center, Room 110, at 4:30 p.m. at UC Merced. She provides sales advisory and develops consignment opportunities for the Fine Arts departments on the West Coast. Since 2004, Kathy has worked as a Specialist at the international and regional auction levels on the East and West coasts, including Bonhams’ recent acquisition, Skinner. She joined Bonhams in 2015 and has been a Specialist and Cataloguer in Impressionist and Modern Art, California Art, American Art, and Western Art.

Through the Coats Speaker Series, we aim to introduce a variety of career possibilities to our students, inspire more expansive perspectives in professional pursuits, and create an interactive and non-judgmental environment for students to ask questions. Each speaker gives a 40-minute presentation on their professional experiences, focusing on their paths and explorations, followed by a 30-minute Q&A.


Save the Date!
Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 6 p.m.

NAACP Merced County 63rd Annual
Freedom Fund Banquet

In Memory of Charles J. Ogletree, Jr.

Come out and enjoy a fantastic evening as we recognize our 2023 Freedom Fund Scholarship and Civil Rights Vanguard Award recipients.
The Banquet is Saturday October 7, 2023 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. in the Merced Senior Community Center, 755 W. 15th Street Merced, CA.

NAACP Merced County Branch Freedom Fund Banquet supports our scholarships, programming and outreach campaign.

Purchase your tickets or sponsor at http://mercednaacp.com/
Check out our live Auction items at http://naacpmercedcounty.betterworld.org/naacp-merced.
No Tickets Sold at the door!

October 7, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Alzheimer’s Association – Northern California and Northern Nevada 
Applegate Park (Flag Pole)
Merced, CA 95340

Across the nation, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is full of flowers, each carried by someone committed to ending this disease. Because like flowers, our participants don’t stop when something’s in their way. They keep raising funds and awareness for a breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer’s and all other dementia.

Your health and safety are our top priorities. We will continue to closely monitor CDC, state and local guidelines to ensure Walk events adhere to the latest recommendations.

Register today to find out more about Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 11 a.m.– 2 p.m.
Bingo Bash
Merced Senior Community Center
755 W. 15th Street
Merced, CA

Please join us for some ghoulish games, freaky fun, and frightening food! We will have music and live performances as well!

Tickets are $10 each and include a Hamburger, Chips, Drink, Brownie and 1 Bingo Card.
Tickets will go on sale at the All Well Living Cafes on Monday August 14, 2023. (Tickets can also be purchased at the door)

We will also have a raffle for opportunity to win awesome prizes! Don’t miss out!

If you have any questions you can contact Gina at 209-626-7595.

Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 7 a.m.-noon
City of Atwater Fall Clean Up 2023
Castle Air Force Base
3500 Apron Drive

Atwater, CA 95301
The City of Atwater will be hosting its annual Fall Clean up event for 2023. This is an opportunity for residents to dispose of unwanted items that cannot be placed in the regular garbage or green waste carts or bins. The FREE cleanup event will be held at 3500 Apron Drive, Atwater, CA (On the Castle Air Force Base)

Save October 21, 2023 for a fun day at The Merced County Nut Festival!
A Wine Pavilion will be serving High Five Wines and Jazz Music by G Street Revolution!

Vinhos Wine Lounge & Tapas will be operating the ALL NEW Wine Garden at the Merced County Nut Festival this year. Owner André Santos and his team will be serving two red wines, two white wines, and a rosé wine chosen from an international wine list. In addition, he will be serving two craft beers, made by Blaker Brewing specifically for Vinhos. They are American Light Lager and Seasonal Hazey IPA. “Event guests will be welcome to purchase food from the many vendors and come into the Wine Garden to enjoy their meals. We will help pair a wine or beer selection with their food,” Santos said. The Merced County Nut Festival is very pleased to have Vinhos join our event. In the meantime, you can visit Vinhos on Main Street in Merced.

For information call: 209-761-8279 or mercedcountynutfestival@yahoo.com
Free Admission!

Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Ebony Socialites presents Fall Seafood Boil
Atwater Veterans Park
N Buhach Road
Atwater, CA

The Ebony Socialites of Atwater presents: We look forward to seeing you at our drive-through Seafood Boil this Fall. Enjoy hot seafood, bread, and salad! Tickets $70.00

The event Support Scholarships and other public service projects.

Pick-Up Times:
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Contact: Mary C. Jones, 209-769-2728 or your
Favorite Socialite.

Veterans Day Parade
The Merced County Veterans Services Office is pleased to announce that this years Annual Veterans Day Parade will be a traditional Parade. The Parade will be held on November 11, 2023.

A Military flyover is scheduled, followed by a Ceremony acknowledging our local Elected Officials, Grand Marshalls and other dignitaries. The Parade is schedule to begin at 2 p.m. Please make plans to attend, as it is working up to be a fantastic event.
For more information, call the County Veterans Service Office at (209) 385-7588, send an email to us or visit our office at 3376 North Highway 59, Suite D, Merced, CA 95348.

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Felicia Roberts took an idea gathered a few people to reached into a minority community to highlight the positive, using a minority newspaper the Central Valley Voice. Roberts was joined by her sisters Carolyn Williams, Alleashia Thomas, niece Hermonie Lynn Williams, nephew Ron Williams, cousin Jerald Lester, Jay Slaffey, Greg Savage, Tim Daniels and the late J Denise Fontaine. Each individual played an important role in the birth of the newspapers. Since, then many have stood strong behind the success of the newspapers and its goal to fill a void in the Central Valley community. The Central Valley Voice published their 1st issue in November 1991. Its purposed was to highlight the achievements of minorities in the Central Valley. The Voice focuses on the accomplishments of African Americans and Hispanics giving young people role models while diminishing the stereotypical pictures of gangs, crime and violence that permeate the minority communities. Since 1991, the Central Valley Voice has provided an important voice for the minority community throughout the Madera, Merced. Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

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